The Spring 2021 Brewlab Diploma completed last week with two new graduates passing their exams and now ready to progress in the industry.

There was a massive question over whether we’d go ahead with the course back in February, having previously cancelled the Summer 2020 course due to the pandemic restrictions. After discussions we were satisfied we could operate a COVID secure premises, along with committing to all the additional temperature logging and cleaning.

We would be used to welcoming a classroom full of students from around the world, but this time round there was just Alex and Ed attending from the UK. With the smaller class size, we were able to tailor the course a lot more and offer a lot more one on one tuition. This was particularly beneficial with the recipe development sessions and practical brewing.

Richard the course administrator said ‘It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Alex and Ed to Brewlab, it wasn’t easy for them studying during such a hard time, but their passion really shone through. We had to adapt the course to make things as safe as possible and unfortunately couldn’t include the field trip to the maltsters, however all the theory and practical brewing was achievable.  We still managed a couple of outings and brewery visits, so although pub visits were limited, they still managed to see a decent amount of the North East and experience our culture.’

The traditional trip to Northumberland happened – the photograph shows Alex and Ed enjoying some time on the beach after visiting the Ship Inn Microbrewery in Newton by Sea.

We wish Alex and Ed all the best with their future brewing plans.

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